Art History and Its Publishers

 March 30 - April 1, 2006

This two-day colloquium was packed with informal, informative, and sometimes heated discussion between and among editors, publishers, and other senior staff members from major university presses (Duke, Chicago, Cornell, Yale, MIT, University of California, Penn, Minnesota, Brill and Thames and Hudson). Participants engaged in provocative and frank exchange on such topics as the current state of art history book publishing, why university and scholarly presses matter, and their place in the world of art, art history, and visual culture. This colloquium was co-convened by Catherine Soussloff, professor of History of Art & Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Ken Wissoker, Editor-in-Chief, Duke University Press.

Participants included: Douglas Armato (director, University of Minnesota Press), Susan Bielstein (executive acquiring manager, The University of Chicago Press), Andrew Brown (comissioning editor, Thames and Hudson, London, UK), Roger Conover (executive editor, visual and cultural studies, MIT Press), Vivian Constantinopolous (comissioning editor, Reaktion Books Ltd., London, UK), Christopher Doeblin (Labyrinth Books), Stephanie Fay (fine arts editor, University of California Press), Herman A. Pabbruew (managing director, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands), and Curtis Scott (cirector of publications, the Clark ).